Happy panda: DC zoo bear enjoys blizzard snow (VIDEO)
A giant panda at America’s national zoo in Washington has gone viral after his enthusiastic appreciation for the newly-fallen snow from the east coast blizzard.
Tian Tian was captured on camera rolling in the deep snow Saturday morning and loving life, perhaps celebrating the lack of human gawkers shut out by the storm.
For any concerned viewers who thought Tian Tian might be feeling a little chilly in the cold temperatures, the zoo reassured everyone that a panda’s "thick woolly fur" is "perfect for keeping them warm."
Giant pandas have thick woolly fur coats, perfect for keeping them warm even when rolling in snow, like Tian Tian. pic.twitter.com/nD8oHhYses— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 22, 2016
One of the zoo’s other pandas wasn’t as keen on the white stuff when young cub Bei Bei looked a little unimpressed on Friday.
#BeiBei had his first introduction to snow today! Keepers took him outside to a small behind-the-scenes area to let him explore in a light dusting of snow for a few minutes while Mei Xiang ate her breakfast in her outdoor yard. Keepers said he wasn’t quite sure what to make of the powdery snow and made his way back inside quickly. #WeSaveSpecies
Not to be outdone by his black and white relations, this red panda was also spotted frolicking in the snow.
The Smithsonian National Zoo remains closed Saturday due to the treacherous conditions, with over four feet of snow expected in the DC area.